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Jenny Armitage

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Night Owl or Psst Want to Buy the Moon?

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Night Owl, Digital Art by Jenny Armitage

Night Owl (digitally enhanced drawing) Limited Edition

Night Owl, Surreal Pen and Ink Drawing by Jenny Armitage

Night Owl (India ink 15 x 15) available

 

Another surreal pen and ink drawing.  This night owl isn’t a party animal.  He is the bringer of the night.  He carries it under his wing.  But be carful–he may sell you the moon.

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Through the Gap in the Trees

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Through the Gap in the Trees, Original Painting by Jenny armitage

Through the Gap in the Trees (watercolor and gouache 12 x 17)

A my husband cresting a hilltop at Joryville Park, Marion County, Oregon.  It’s all about the light, of course.

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Rocky Shore

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Rocky Shore, Original Painting of the Willamette River by Jenny Armitage

Rocky Shore (watercolor and gouache 16 x 20) available

A rocky landing along the Willamette River, in Independence, Oregon.

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Early Spring Shadows

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Early Spring Shadows, Original Forest Painting by Jenny Armitage

Early Spring Shadows (watercolor 15 x 23) sold

And yet more dramatic shadows.  I never tire of them.

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Forest Drama

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Forest Drama, Painting of Forest Light and Shadow by Jenny Armtiage

Forest Drama (watercolor 12 x 17) sold

More dramatic forest light.

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Mossy Tangle

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Mossy Tangle, Original Watercolor of Mossy Trees by Jenny Armitage

Mossy Tangle (watercolor 13 x 14) available

I find the moss covered trees in the Northwest mysterious and intriguing.

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Cool Shadows

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Cool Shadows, Painting of Joryville Hedgerows by Jenny Armitage

Cool Shadows (watercolor 13 x 18) available

Long fingers of shadow stretch out from the hedgerow trees in the fields topping Joryville Hill, Marion County, Oregon.

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Soft Spring Shadows

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Soft Spring Shadows, Original Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Light Streams Streams Downhill (watercolor 13x 23) available

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The Pen is Mightier that the Quill

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Fountain Pen Quilled Hedgehog, Original Surreal Drawing by Jenny Armitage

The Pen is Mightier Than the Quill (16 x 16 ink) available

Like most of my surreal drawings, the title of this little piece came first.  It’s only after I’d played around with the possibilities for awhile that this little hedgehog came to have ink squirting out of his fountain pens.

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Morning Shadows on Skyline Trail

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Morning Shadows, Original Forest Painting by Jenny Armitage

Morning Shadows (12 x 19 watercolor) available

We are having a few beautifully clear winter mornings in the Willamette Valley this year.  This is Skyline Trail (under Sprague High School) one such February morning.

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Undaunted: Portrait of a Tree

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Watercolor Bark Study, by Jenny Armitage

Undaunted (15 x 19 watercolor and gouache) available

Portrait of a limbed tree.

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Walking the Hedgerows

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Walking the Hedgerows, original painting by Jenny Armitage

Walking the Hedgerows (14 x 20 watercolor) available

Another painting of the delicious shadows in the fields above Joryville Park, Marion County, Oregon

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Forest Light

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Forest Light, Original Artwork by Jenny Armitage

Forest Light (watercolor 13 x 17) SOLD

Joryville Park, Marion County, Oregon.

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Skyline Trail

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Skyline Trail, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Skyline Trail (watercolor 15 x 19) available

Another painting of Skyline Trail.

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Winter Shadows

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Above Joryville Park, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Winter Shadows (watercolor 13 x 18) available

This painting is from a walk my husband and I took mid December in the fields above Joryville Park (just south of Salem, Oregon).  The shadows were so delicious that I just had to paint them.

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BiPolar Bear

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Bi Polar Bear, Surreal Pen and Ink, by Jenny Armitage

BiPolar Bear (India Ink on cold-press paper 12 x 14 inches).

 

Bi-polar disorder is a bear to suffer through.  Being a bipolar bear may not be much better.  But this one seems to be barring up well.

I have changed him up a little digitally:

Bi-polar Bear II, digital drawing by Jenny armitage

BiPolar Bear II (digital drawing available in 8 x 10 and 11 x 14 images)

 

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A Murder of Crows

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Murder of Crows, Pen and Ink Drawing by Jenny Armitage

A Murder of Crows (India Ink 11 x 14) available

Another visual pun.

 

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Langollen Reflections

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Green Reflections, Original Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Llangollen Reflections (watercolor 17 x 23) sold

I took the reference photo I used for this painting on the Llangollen Canal, from our narrowboat rental.  But it could be still water and trees, just about anywhere.

 

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Just Below the Hilltop

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Just Below the Hilltop, Original Forest Painting by Jenny Armitage

Just Below the Hilltop (watercolor 14 x 18) sold

Another view of Sprague Trail.  The woods there are so light, since the ice storm of 2021 thinned the forest.

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Forest Archway

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Forest Archway, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Forest Archway (watercolor 14 x 18) available

Another painting of the woods below our house.

 

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Doorway to the Sky

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Doorway to the Sky, Original Pueblo Watercolor by Jenny Armitage

Doorway to the Sky (watercolor 14 x 18) available

Having just finished a southwestern commission, I was tempted by yet another pueblo painting.

 

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The Standing and the Fallen

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After the Ice Storm, Salem Oregon, Painting by Jenny Armitage

The Standing and the Fallen (16 x 23 watercolor) Sold

This Spring Salem, Oregon had back to back ice storms leading to many downed trees and branches.  While I mourn many of the trees lost, nature’s thinning does have it’s compensations.  One of those is that woods around our house, are an entirely new place, while still remaining beautiful.  This lit up hillside was dark, tangled,  and mossy just months ago.  Now it is bright and open.

 

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Chaco Canyon Commission

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Chaco Canyon Doorway, Original Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Anasazi Doorway (16 x 21 watercolor) commissioned

This piece was commissioned as a companion piece to Sky City Mission.

Sky City Mission, Original Painting by Jenny Armitage

Sky City Mission (sold)

 

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Foxgloves

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Foxgloves a Surreal Drawing of a Fox in Pen by Jenny Armitage

Foxgloves (12 x 15 India Ink) available

Yes I have a visual mind and yes the results can be silly.

 

Limited Edition Digitally altered prints:  11 x 14 $75 unframed.

Fox Gloves on Lavender (digitally altered pen and ink 11 x 14) $75 unframed

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Honking Geese

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I hear the sound of geese returning and I imagine something like these.

Canadian Brass Geese, Funny Drawing by Jenny Armtiage

Canadian Brass Geese (11 x 14 India Ink) available

 

Horn Necked Goose, Surreal Drawing by Jenny Armitage

Horn-Necked Goose (12 x 15 India Ink) $600 framed; $500 unframed

 

 

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I Keep Him In My Heart, So He Can’t Get Away

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I Keep Him in My Heart, Pen and Ink Drawing By Jenny Armitage

I Keep Him in My Heart (9 x 12 India ink) available

 

Limited Edition Digitally Altered Prints:

I Keep Him in My Heart on gray lavender (digitally altered pen and ink 9 x 12) $60

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Beginning to Melt

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Beginning to Melt, original watercolor of melting snow, by Jenny Armitage

Beginning to Melt (15 x 22) Sold

 

One more painting of Croisan Creek Trail.  This time after bit of snow.

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Traveling Green

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Green Traveler, Surreal Drawing of Tortoise with Camper Shell, by Jenny Armitage

Green Traveler or Silver Back (India Ink 11 x 14) available

 

 

Digitally Altered Limited Edition Prints:

Green Traveler on 60's Blue (digitally altered pen and ink) 11 x 14 $75

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Bird Brain

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Bird Brain, Visual Pun, by Jenny Armitage

Bird Brain (India Ink 14 x 16) available

I have a very visual mind.  When someone says “bird brain,” I’m apt to see something like this.  But I particularly liked this visual pun, because it hints at the intelligence of  birds, which is often as great or greater than mammals with similar lifestyles.  Ironically, owls are not particularly bright birds, but crows, hawks, and ravens are.

 

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Urban Chimera

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Urban Chimera Drawing of a Weenerbog with additions by Jenny Armitage

Urban Chimera (India Ink 19 x 16) available

I think of this as a chimera, but given all of the city equipment, I guess he’s a little bit of a cyborg too.

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Canine Nemesis

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Canine Nemesis, Ink Drawing by Jenny Armitage

Canine Nemesis (Technical Pen 12 x 12) available

Our dog thinks the vacuum cleaner is public enemy number one.  This is how I think she sees it.

 

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The Mossy Grove

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The Mossy Grove, Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

The Mossy Grove (watercolor 14 x 19) SOLD

This is my favorite part of Skyline trail, where all of the trees are bearded with moss.

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Into the Woods

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Into the Woods, Forest Painting by Jenny Armitage

Into the Woods (watercolor 13 x 20) SOLD

Another painting of the woods below Sprague Highschool, and another one of our favorite walks.

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On The Rocks

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On The Rocks, Original Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

On the Rocks (watercolor 17 x 23) available

Yet another painting from our favorite local hike, Opal Creek, Oregon.  There are just so many standout views on this hike.

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Painted Vista

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Painted Vista, Original Watercolor Painting by Jenny Armitage

Painted Vista (watercolor 6 x 13) available

During the pandemic I’ve been spending time traveling through my extensive collection photo files.  The reference photos for this painting go all the way back to a Southwestern odyssey we made in 2013.  This vista is from Painted Desert National Park in Arizona not far from the visitor center.

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Counting Sheep

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Counting Sheep, Original Drawing in Pen and Ink by Jenny Armitage

Counting Sheep (pen and ink 11 x 11) $500 framed; $450 unframed

My daughter says my sheep is smug–smug because he can count.  Let him be smug, as long as he, not me, does the midnight counting.

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Chimney Rock, Badlands National Park

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Chimney Rock, Watercolor of Badlands National Park by Jenny Armitage

Chimney Rock (watercolor 9 x 12) available

Tooth, Watercolor of Badlands National Park by Jenny Armitage.

Tooth, Badlands National Park (watercolor 9 x 12) available

 

This paintings reach far back into my photo file to an auto trip from Nebraska home to Oregon some ten years ago.  These two paintings are of little outcrops in Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

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Sage Brush Spring

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Sage Brush Spring, Original Painting of Idaho by Jenny Armitage

Sage Brush Spring (watercolor 12 x 20) available

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Dry Meadow

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Dry Meadow, Watercolor Painting By Jenny Armitage

Dry Meadow (watercolor 14 x 19) available

It got pretty dry on our walks under Sprague this summer.  The dryness has it’s own beauty.

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Wood’s Edge

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Wood's Edge, Original Watercolor Painting by Artist Jenny Armitage

Wood's Edge (watercolor 16 x 21) available

We often hike in the woods below Sprague High School.  This is the upper entrance to the trail.  Lit from behind, the shadows are an invitation to walk in the woods.

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